Public Latrine

Public Latrine, Selcuk

Public Latrine
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia8,869 contributions
Did this inspire the Nazi's ???
Sep 2020
This is quite an unusual site to see in Ephesus - a three side row of public toilets, with waste holes set one next to another. In front of the seats you can spot a channel through which fresh water for cleaning flowed. This public toilets are just next door to magnificent Hadrian Temple.
Besides Ephesus such engineering you could only see in Nazi concentration camps, but without flowing water beneath - more primitive despite the 20 c.
Written November 8, 2020
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania19,553 contributions
Strange
Aug 2020
Some strange toilets for our days, where those who used them sat side by side. At the users feet there was a gutter in which clean water flowed continuously, used as toilet paper. You can find them next to the Temple of Hadrian. Interesting…
Written September 23, 2020
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Guven D
96 contributions
The Ephesus Public Toilets
Feb 2020
They sat side by side had a chat and did there business, this was normal.
Sometimes man and woman sat side by side and no problems at all :)
Written August 14, 2020
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1girl_1passport
Vancouver, Canada493 contributions
History
Feb 2020
This is quite the site to see. Probably wont be seeing something like this again! This is a real step back in time and makes you thankful for what we have now!
Written April 26, 2020
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BillPNo1
Friendswood, TX690 contributions
Ephesus Public Latrine
Jul 2019
Amongst the staid and silent remains of stately palaces and fountains, the Ephesus Public Latrine stands in almost comic relief to the rest of the city's remaining relics and ruins. Located right on the main boulevard, you can't - and definitely, shouldn't - miss this sight.
Written April 22, 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand2,818 contributions
Everyone can relate!!
Nov 2019
People are always intrigued by how people managed everyday life in ancient times. As such, the public latrines of Ephesus are a huge attraction! Not allowed to use, but looking and photographing encouraged!
Written March 5, 2020
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Carol A S
Marietta, GA4,202 contributions
Even the ancients had to go
Apr 2019
The Public Latrines were a part of Scolastica Baths, situated next to the Temple of Hadrian. Although built by the municipium, there was an entry fee to use them. The marble toilets are on a long bench along a wall, surrounding a pool with a wooden ceiling. There was a gutter in front of the benches in which clean water flowed continuously. Toilet paper had not yet been invented; the latrine user would dampen a sponge on a stick (known as a “tersorium”) for personal cleansing, and then rinse the sponge in the gutter after use. In the absence of flowing water, a bucket of salt water or vinegar water would be used (ouch!). There was a drainage system under the toilets, so they were fairly hygienic. While sitting on the bench, one could transact business, discuss politics or exchange gossip. Ephesus is listed as a UNESCO World heritage Site. The ruins are popular, so visiting early or late in the day helps avoid crowds. Sturdy shoes, water and a hat are recommended, as walking surfaces are uneven, and there is little shade. The ruins are open Apr-Oct: 8am-7.30pm, and close at 5.30pm Nov-Mar. There is an entry fee of ₺60 for adults; children are free. Entry into the Terraced Houses is an additional ₺20; parking costs ₺10.
Written November 22, 2019
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GranburyDad_12
Granbury, TX159 contributions
Best toilets ever
Oct 2019
I cracked a joke on my first comment, and apparently TA didn't like it... Lighten up Francis! Unique toilets in ancient Greek caste system and eerily similar to the ones in Auschwitz.
Written October 29, 2019
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Karen K
United States77 contributions
Toilets from the 1st Century A.D.
Sep 2019
The toilets were part of the Scholastica Baths and built in the 1st century AD. They were public toilets of the city and there was an entrance fee to use them. In the center, there is an uncovered pool and the toilets are aligned along the walls. The columns surrounding the pool supported a wooden ceiling. There was a drainage system under the toilets--thank goodness. About 10 years ago, when we saw the city for the 1st time, you could have your picture taken sitting on one of the toilet seats. In September 2019, the seats are blocked off by a rope. So sad! The pictures were quite funny.
Written October 27, 2019
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Pratush
New Delhi, India222 contributions
Must observe, look and understand!!
Oct 2019
If you take a guided tour the guide will explain you the use of these latrine and how they used it during ancient times.
Written October 23, 2019
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